All University of Iowa student teachers who are completing preparation for initial licensure as teachers are required to complete edTPA, a performance-based assessment, as one of the requirements for completion of the Teacher Education Program.


Minimum Scores - edTPA Subject Assessments

Subject Content Endorsement Area edTPA Handbook Minimum Score
Elementary Education TEP K-6 Elementary Literacy 41
School Teacher Librarian K-12 Library Media Specialist 41
Art Education TEP K-12 Visual Art 41
English Education TEP 5-12 Secondary English Language Arts 41
Foreign Language Education TEP-5-12 (or K-12)
(Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish)
World Language 33
Mathematics Education TEP-5-12 Secondary Mathematics 41
Music Education TEP K-12 Performing Arts 41
Science Education TEP 5-12
(Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, and/or All Science)
Secondary Science 41
Social Studies Education TEP 5-12
(American Government, American History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, and/or World History)
Secondary History Social Studies 41
Special Education Instructional Strategist II: BD/LD K-12 Special Education 41

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Effective Dates

Effective dates and minimum scores on this website are effective August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. Test and minimum score requirements are reviewed annually by the Iowa Department of Education; changes (if any) become effective each August 1.

Test Required

Iowa law [Iowa Code 256.16 1.a.(2)] requires teacher preparation colleges and universities to adopt a state-approved assessment that teacher candidates must pass, as a requirement for completion of teacher preparation. The University of Iowa Teacher Education Program (TEP) has selected edTPA as this assessment, and since the Spring, 2018 semester has required completion of edTPA for all student teachers who are completing the TEP for initial licensure as teachers. The Iowa Department of Education provides additional information about the program completion assessment requirement.

NOTE: This testing information is for completion of the Teacher Education Program. See Teacher Education Program Application and Admission for information about Praxis I, Praxis Core, or GRE testing for admission to the Teacher Education Program.